Alfa Romeo simultaneously debuts facelifted Giulietta in 5 European cities

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 29, 2016

The new Alfa Romeo Giulietta has arrived. Unveiled simultaneously across five locations in Europe with the main event being held in the Alfa Romeo Museum, the public finally got its first glimpse of the latest offering from the European carmaker.

Main design enhancements to watch out for in the new Alfa Romeo Giulietta is a revised front which consists of a new honeycomb grille, piano black bumper inserts which come with red highlights on sporty models, and a new headlamp and fog lamp surrounds.

These design changes would make the car more visibly connected to the styling of the new Alfa Romeo Giulia Sports saloon which is evident in the “Alfa Romeo” and “Giulietta” logos, new alloy wheel designs, tail pipes, similar colour choices (Alfa While and Lipari Grey) and the new transmission-engine combination which is expected to generate interest for UK clients.

The UK version of the new Alfa Romeo Giulietta’s model range is available with five trim levels: Giulietta, Giulietta Super, Giulietta Tecnica, Giulietta Speciale and Giulietta Veloce.

Debut of the new Alfa Romeo Guilietta is an international simultaneous event across five cities in Europe with the central event happening at the Alfa Romeo Museum (La Macchina del Tempo / The Time Machine) in Arese.

Known British DJ Skin will highlight the event and features local high-profile DJs, musicians and celebrities in the other locations: Turin, Paris, Madrid and Frankfurt. The new Alfa Romeo Giulietta will be available by April 1, 2016 with a starting price of £18,450 OTR for the base model.

Interior Design

The interior of the new Giulietta features changes in the door panel and dashboard finishes and new seat upholsteries. In addition, the new car is equipped with a state-of-the-art new Uconnect infotainment system that can be accessed by a smartphone via its LIVE services which include streaming music with Deezer and TuneIn, Facebook Check In and Twitter, News from Reuters, plus eco:Drive and my:Car services and traffic updates for models that are equipped with navigation enhancements.

A more distinct steering wheel comes with the new car as well with its new Alfa Romeo logo and version-dependent upholstery. Creating a more dynamic driving experience is the new service debuting in the new Giulietta called Alfa Performance.

The system allows drivers to control the main parameters of the car via an array of digital instruments and gauges with the resulting driving statistics being received by the driver’s smartphone.

With this customization, the driver will be able to measure the car’s performance after each tweaking which would eventually result to a more driver specific car performance. The service requires Uconnect 6.5” Radio Nav LIVE.

Powertrain

Of course, enhancements were made to the engine as well. The new Giulietta comes with the thrilling option of combining the 120 hp 1.6 litre JTDM-2 turbo diesel engine with the Alfa TCT twin dry-clutch transmissions.

The engine is already top notch which, due to the second-generation MultiJet technology with variable geometry turbo charger, produces 120hp at 3,750 rpm with a corresponding 320 Nm of torque even in a low 1,745 rpm.

When used with Alfa Romeo’s responsive but smooth Alfa TCT transmission, the setup can be used as full manual or full automatic depending on driver preference which can be easily toggled between the two modes by either using the steering wheel paddle shifters or slotting the gear selector into its sequential gate.

By the way, the responsiveness as well as shift patterns of the Alfa TCT transmission can be customized as well by selecting the three-mode Alfa DNA drive selector, power steering assistance.

Furthermore, adjustments can also be made to ESC and Q2 electronic differential settings along with throttle and brake adjustments in terms of responsiveness. The resulting 121 mph top speed for the engine and transmission combination is impressive, along with the recorded acceleration of 10.2 seconds from 0 to 62 mph.

On the other hand, its official combined cycle fuel-economy and emission figures are similar to that of the manual version, which boasts of 74.3 mpg (1.8 liters /100 km) and low carbon emissions of 99 g/km.

2016 Alfa Romeo Giulietta

Giulietta is the entry level trim. It comes with burnished headlamp surrounds, new oblique tailpipes and satin-finish door handles. The interior sports a new grey and black fabric seats featuring an Alfa Romeo logo on the head restraints.

Luxury floor mats and new matte black dashboard insert completes the elegant interior atmosphere. Aside from the highly enhanced styling, the new model also comes with improved equipment list as standard.

Most prominent of which is the new steering wheel covered in leather which now features audio remote controls for an easy and relaxing drive, five-inch Uconnect LIVE with Bluetooth connectivity, air conditioning, and Alfa DNA selector for a more driver centered drive experience.

In addition, the new Giulietta features attractive 16-inch ‘Turbince’ alloy wheels, one-touch electronic windows all around, six airbags and steering wheel paddle shifters on models than has TCT.

At this trim level, engine options include a 120 hp 1.4 litre turbo petrol and 120 hp 1.6 litre JTDM-2 turbo diesel, 120hp 1.6 litre JTDM-2 turbo diesel TCT, 150 hp 1.4 litre turbo petrol and 150 hp 2.0 litre JTFM-2 turbo diesel.

2016 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Super

Giulietta Super trim level adds the following to the entry level: dual-zone automatic climate control, front armrest, cruise control, front fog lights, 16-inch alloy wheels and upgraded seat upholstery. In addition, engine options include 120 hp 1.6 litre JTDM-2 turbo diesel, 120 hp 1.6 litre JTDM-2 turbo diesel TCT, 150 hp 1.4 litre turbo petrol, 150 hp 2.0 litre JTDM-2 turbo diesel, 170 hp 1.4 litre turbo petrol TCT and 175 hp 2.0 litre JTDM-2 turbo diesel TCT. Optional for this trim is the new Lusso Pack that can elegantly improve the appeal of the car. This includes leather upholstery, front and rear armrests with a third rear headrest, aluminum kick plates and 6.5 inch Uconnect LIVE system that comes with a voice-operated SAT NAV with 3D mapping.

2016 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Tecnica

Giulietta Tecnica serves as a replacement to the Business Edition. This adds further improvements to the car as well as more powerful engine options.

This trim features a 6.5 inch Uconnect infotainment system with navigation, automatic lights and wipers, front and rear parking sensors, new 16-inch wheels, electro-chromatic rear view mirrors, side skirts and privacy glass.

Available engine range has been improved to include 120 hp 1.6 litre JTDM-2 turbo diesel, 120 hp 1.6 litre JTDM-2 turbo diesel TCT, 150 hp 2.0 litre JTDM-2 turbo diesel and 175 hp 2.0 litre JTDM-2 turbo diesel TCT.

2016 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Speciale

Giulietta Speciale has that option of a sporty look and the high performance fee of the Veloce version, made possible by a wider option of more powerful engines.

Standard to this Giulietta Speciale is a sports suspension, sports bumpers with red Alfa profile, Brembo brakes with red four-piston calipers, classic five-hole 118-inch alloy wheels, tinted windows, anthracite finish on mirror caps, new carbon-look headlamp surrounds, door handles, grille and fog light surrounds and the 6.5-inch Uconnect LIVE system with navigation.

In addition, the trim comes with a flat-bottom sports steering wheel with red stitching, carbon look dashboard surrounds and door panels, leather and Alcantara seats and aluminum pedals.

Engine choices for the Speciale packages include the 150hp 1.4 litre turbo petrol, 150hp 2.0 litre JTDM-2 turbo diesel, 170 hp 1.4 litre turbo petrol TCT and 175 hp 2.0 litre JTDM-2 turbo diesel TCT.

2016 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce

The new Giulietta Veloce is the top trim with a similar equipment line to the Special trim but comes with the stylish new 18-inch alloy rims, specific sports suspension tuning, oversized tailpipes and the most powerful engine for the entire Giulietta rage – the 240hp 1750 turbo petrol engine that is attached to a specially calibrated TCT transmission.

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